Richard Georg Strauss
The greatness of Richard Strauss lies in the way in which he maintained his romanticism in music, even while being part of one of the most chaotic ages of world history. In an age which was dominated by jet engines, television and atom bomb, Strauss established a very successful music career with numerous operas, orchestras, tone poems, ballet music and symphonies. His contributions to 20th century music were undeniably immense that they made him a great influencing force as well as a glorious summation of late romanticism. The fact that he enjoyed a successful career as a composer and internationally acclaimed conductor, and worked with some of the most prominent composers, artists and writers of his time is a testimony to his genius. The immense success which he enjoyed in the post-war era however faded as his physical and mental health deteriorated witnessing the unfortunate political turmoil and the consequent division of Germany.
In the year 1882, Richard Strauss went to Munich University where he studied Art, History and Philosophy. A year after joining the University, he dropped the course and left to Berlin. There he attained the post of Assistant Conductor to Hans Von Bulow. The latter was impressed a lot by Richard Strauss’s serenade for wind instruments. Strauss also learned the art of conducting, which he learnt by observing Bulow. Impressed by the young composer, Bulow decided that Strauss must be his successor of Meiningen orchestra after Bulow’s resignation in 1885.
Those compositions which Strauss composed at this time were profoundly influenced by Robert Schumann or Felix Mendelssohn. His work ‘Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11’ reflects this specific period and is a staple of modern horn repertoire. Richard Strauss married Soprano Pauline de Ahna on 10th September 1894. They led a happy married life and she was a great mode of inspiration for him. The couple had a son named Franz, born to them in 1897.
- Stage Works (Operas, Incidental Music)
- Orchestral Works (Concertos and Similar Works, Tone Poems, Other Orchestral Works)
- Chamber Works
- Vocal/ Choral Works (Songs for Voice and Piano, Songs for Voice and Orchestra, Choral Works and Other Vocal Works)
- Piano Works
- Ballet music
RICHARD GEORG STRAUSS TIMELINE
Richard Strauss was born in Munich in Germany on 11 June.
Richard heard the Wagner operas for the first time in his life, which made a profound influence on Richard’s style.
Richard Strauss went to Munich University to study Art, History and Philosophy.
Hans Von Bulow decides Strauss to be his successor of Meiningen orchestra after his resignation.
Strauss became the co-director of Vienna Staatsoper.
Richard Strauss died on 8th September at the age of 85 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
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